Working with the Bihar government, in June 2020 MSF opened a 100-bed temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients at Patliputra sports complex in Patna, the
first of its kind to be fully managed by MSF in India.
Initially, our teams provided medical care to patients with mild or moderate symptoms to support the isolation of confirmed COVID cases and reduce community spread.
Later the indoor stadium was remodelled by MSF to become a temporary treatment centre that included triage of patients, isolation wards, personal protective equipment, and infection prevention and control measures.
Managed by 180 MSF staff from across the country, the centre provided inpatient care, access to all essential drugs and medical equipment for managing moderate cases and mental health support.
In October the clinical ward was closed while MSF continued providing mental health support and infection prevention and control promotion activities for both the community and frontline healthcare workers from government and private sector hospitals. The project was closed in December 2020.